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Game Commission to Stock 16,700 Pheasants for Youth-Only Season; Two Additional WMUs Sell Out of Antlerless Deer Licenses
Thursday September 7, 3:59 pm ET


HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Young Pennsylvania hunters will have 22 different mentored youth pheasant hunts to choose from thanks to the efforts of sportsmen's clubs that stepped forward to sponsor the programs as part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual youth pheasant season, which will be held on Oct. 7-13. This hunting opportunity is open to youth ages 12 to 16 who have successfully completed a Hunter-Trapper Education course. However, there is no requirement that they purchase a hunting license.
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"The future of hunting is directly related to the continuing participation of young Pennsylvanians in our hunting seasons," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "One of the keys to promoting youth hunting is the tremendous effort of our hunting clubs. These groups are the grassroots organizations that sponsor Youth Field Day events and Hunter-Trapper Education courses throughout the year."

Working with the Pennsylvania State Chapter of Pheasants Forever, the Game Commission's Youth Pheasant Hunt Committee prepared a "Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt Planning Guide" to enable groups to develop and sponsor a mentored youth pheasant hunt program.

Also, the youth pheasant hunt overlaps with the state's youth squirrel hunt, which also runs Oct. 7-13.

"Holding concurrent youth seasons for squirrels and ring-necked pheasants will offer variety to youths who participate in these small game-hunting opportunities," Roe said. "The state's long-standing daily bag limit of two pheasants will apply to junior hunters participating in this season. Also, hens remain protected in the male-pheasant-only zones."

The Game Commission will release 15,000 pheasants on land open to public hunting prior to the start of the seven-day season, and an additional 1,700 pheasants -- an increase from the planned 1,500 birds -- will be divided and shipped to the 22 sportsmen's clubs that have signed up to host a mentored youth pheasant hunt. Hunters, however, are not limited to hunting in only those areas where pheasants have been stocked. The pheasant stocking locations and pheasant hunting area maps are outlined on pages 26-28 of the 2006-07 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, as well as on the agency's website (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us).

"Thanks to excellent production and limited mortalities from weather events, such as excessive rain and wind, our pheasant propagation farms were able to exceed the number of pheasants we planned to provide to clubs," Roe said. "On behalf of the Game Commission, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and praise to the members of these clubs for sponsoring a mentored youth pheasant hunt, and for all that they do to preserve and pass along our state's rich and proud hunting heritage to a new generation."

Following is a county listing of the clubs that are hosting mentored youth pheasant hunts on Saturday, Oct. 7, as well as information about the hunts:

Allegheny County

Bull Creek Rod & Gun Club will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt in Fawn Township for 30 youth. To register, contact Randy Strzeszewski at 724-224-7047 or jally@stargate.net.

Armstrong County

The Apollo-Spring Church Sportsman's Club will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at their club near Apollo for 25 youth. To register, contact Daniel Shaffer at 724-478-4396 or Rocco Ali at 724-478-4303 roco_1@exeite.com

Bedford County

Bedford-Fulton Pheasants Forever will host a Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt for 40 youth on SGL 97 Elk Lick Rd. near Everett. To register, contact Jeff Green at 814-977-5458 or jeff@green-ranch.com

Berks County

The Bally Sportsman Club hosts their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt near Bally for 20 youth. To register, please contact Bruce Moll at 610-845- 0224 or hillbilly88@netscape.com

Centre County

The Three Point Sportsman Club will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at Sproul SF near Clarence for 60 youth. Contact Steven Demyan to register at 814-387-6779 or smdguide@yahoo.com or Dick Biggans at 814-387- 4248.

Clearfield County

Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited hosts a Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at Big "A" Hunting Lodge near Luthersburg for 25 youth. To register, contact Laura Johnson at 814-371-4856 or lauraj@ducom.tv

Elk County

Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 hosts their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at Jack Butler's property near Ridgeway for 35 youth. Contact Leon Blashock to register at 814-885-8950 or rusty@usachoice.net.

Fayette County

Wharton Township Hunting & Fishing Club will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at the Rishel Farm near Gibbon Glade for 20 youth. To register, contact Eric Baker at 724-323-4068.

The Fairbank Rod & Gun Club will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at their club in Fairbank for 50 youth. To register, contact Bob Valente at 724-246-9828.

Franklin County

Cumberland Valley Pheasants Forever will host a Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at Hijo and Brake Farms for 25 youth near Mercersburg. To register, contact Michael Baehr at 717-725-3673 or mfbaehr@duke-energy.com.

Indiana County

The Keystone Sportsmen's Club hosts a Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at Ernie Burns Farm for 48 youth. To register, contact George Douglass at 724- 463-0653.

Lawrence County

The Ellwood Wampum Rod & Gun Club will host an annual Mentored Youth Pheasant hunt at their club in Wampum for 25 youth. A $5.00 fee required. Contact William Boots at 724-891-1240 or bootcamp@zoominternet.net

Luzerne County

Northeast PA Chapter of Pheasants Forever will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant hunt at SGL 119 near the Village of Bear Creek for 50 youth. Contact Jay Delaney to register at 570-825-4424 or firehunt44@aol.com

Mifflin County

Mifflin County Pheasant Forever will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at Harvey Yoder Farm, Belleville for 40 youth. To register, contact Mike Pruss at 717-242-4157 or mpruss@state.pa.us

Montour County

Central Susquehanna Pheasants Forever and the North Montour Sportsman's Association will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt on PPL Montour hunting area near Washingtonville for 50 youth. Contact Jack Kile to register at 570-379-2095 or kile@epix.net.

Pike County

Promised Land Sportsman's Association will host a Mentored Youth Pheasant hunt at the Delaware State Forest near Greentown for 50 youth. Contact John Staton at 570-676-9448 or staton7@ptd.net to register.

Schuylkill County

The Valley View Gun Club hosts a Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at their club for 50 youth. A $5.00 fee is charged to register, contact Kenneth Wetzel at 610-682-3971.

Warren County

Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at the Hibner's property near Lander for 25 youth. To register, contact Chuck Travis at 814-726-1913 or travis39@atlanticbb.net.

Westmoreland County

Kingston Veterans & Sportsmen's Club & Pheasants Forever will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt on their grounds near Derry for 50 youth. To register, contact Kevin Adams at 724-423-8445 or Walter C. Poole at 724- 537-2958 or w.poolejr.@localnetdot.com

The Little Sewickley Sportsman Association will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt in Lycippus for 50 youth. To register, contact Jay Bossart at 724-423-6714.

Law Enforcement Officers of Westmoreland County will host their annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at Mammoth Park for 50 youth. To register, contact Ed Farzati at 724-423-2931 or fraz66@zoominternet.net

The Rostraver Sportsmen & Conservation Association hosts a Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt at their club in Belle Vernon for 25 youth. To register, contact Gary Osilka at 412-469-8173 or 724-872-4399.

More information about pheasant stocking for the general small game season will be released in the near future. For additional details about the Game Commission's pheasant program, visit the agency's website (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on "Hunting" and then click on the pheasant photograph.

Other recent Game Commission youth hunting opportunities include: a youth spring gobbler season established in 2004; a youth squirrel hunt created in 1996 and expanded in 2004; a waterfowl hunt initiated in 1996; special antlerless deer harvesting opportunities opened in 1998, and expanded in 2000; and youth field days implemented in the early 1990s.

New this year is the Mentored Youth Hunting Program, which permits a properly licensed individual 21 years of age or older to serve as a guide to a youth under the age of 12. Those species that may be hunted during established seasons, including youth seasons, are squirrels, woodchucks (groundhogs) and spring gobblers. Under this new program, mentors may not have more than one youth with them hunting at a time, and each pair may possess only one sporting arm while hunting. While moving, the sporting arm must be carried by the mentor. When the pair reaches a stationary hunting location, the mentor may turn over possession of the sporting arm to the youth, and then must keep the youth within arm's length at all times while he or she is in possession of the sporting arm. The program also requires that both the mentor and the youth abide by fluorescent orange regulations for the species being hunted.

Created in 1895 as an independent state agency, the Game Commission is responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the Commonwealth, establishing hunting seasons and bag limits, enforcing hunting and trapping laws, and managing habitat on the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The agency also conducts numerous wildlife conservation programs for schools, civic organizations and sportsmen's clubs.

The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars for its annual operating budget. The agency is funded by license sales revenues; the state's share of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which is an excise tax collected through the sale of sporting arms and ammunition; and monies from the sale of oil, gas, coal, timber and minerals derived from State Game Lands.

TWO ADDITIONAL WMUS SELL OUT OF ANTLERLESS DEER LICENSES

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that WMUs 1A and 3D have exhausted their antlerless deer license allocation. WMU 1A is comprised of all of Mercer and Lawrence counties and portions of Beaver, Butler, Crawford and Venango counties in western Pennsylvania. WMU 3D is comprised of all of Pike and Monroe counties and portions of Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

So far, 14 of the state's 22 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) have exhausted their antlerless deer license allocations. Those WMUs are: 1A, 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D.

Of the 859,000 antlerless licenses originally allocated, agency employees have distributed to county treasurers 734,982 applications. Following is a listing of the antlerless deer licenses for those WMUs with remaining allocations as of today (along with the initial allocation for each WMU): WMU 2A, 13,102 (55,000); WMU 2B, 51,192 (68,000); WMU 3B, 2,953 (43,000); WMU 4E, 7,219 (38,000); WMU 5A, 7,526 (25,000); WMU 5B, 4,981 (53,000); WMU 5C, 22,246 (79,000); and WMU 5D, 14,799 (20,000).

For updated information, please visit the Game Commission's "Doe License Update" in the "Quick Clicks" box in the upper right-hand corner of the agency's homepage (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us).

On Monday, Sept. 11, the Game Commission will accept, only through first-class mail, applications for the second round of unsold antlerless licenses. Hunters who applied for an unsold antlerless license during the first round may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer license during the second round. Those hunters who did not apply for an unsold license during the first round may make separate applications for and receive up to two unsold antlerless licenses during the second round. The separate applications may be submitted to one or two WMUs.

As a result of a printer error at Liberty Press, some copies of the 2006-07 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest contain an unsold antlerless deer license application and instructions (which appear on page 54) that had words cut from the page's right margin during production.

"This error shouldn't create a problem for those who use the application, and it is still valid," said J. Carl Graybill Jr., Game Commission Bureau of Information and Education director. "Complete instructions for filling out the application also appear on pages 52 and 53 of the Digest. And, as in the past, the Game Commission has posted on its website an unsold antlerless deer license application that enables the user to enter his or her information into the application before printing it."

The printer error left some applications without lines for applicants to fill in their ZIP Code and the date of signature. Also, wording for instruction point number 4 is cut off. The complete wording is: "All Unsold Antlerless License applications must be submitted through the U.S. Mail (First Class Only) until Nov. 6. Express and Priority mail will not be accepted. No more than three (3) individual applications per official envelope. Number of applications must be circled on front of envelope to avoid delay and possible rejection."

The online application can be found on the agency's website (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us) in the "Forms & Programs" section in the left- hand column on the homepage, and then under the "Forms" heading.

Regular antlerless licenses and first-round unsold licenses will be mailed by county treasurers to successful applicants no later than Monday, Sept. 18. Second-round unsold licenses will be mailed no later than Sunday, Oct. 1.

Also, beginning Monday, Sept. 18, applicants may apply over-the-counter at county treasurers' offices in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 6, hunters may apply over-the-counter for unsold antlerless licenses in all WMUs.

Roe noted that residents and nonresidents hunters may apply for Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) coupons that remain available for antlerless deer hunting opportunities, especially in those WMUs that have sold out of their antlerless deer license allocations.

"While DMAP permits may be used only on the specific property for which they are issued, they do offer hunters additional antlerless deer hunting opportunities," Roe said. "DMAP was developed to provide a way for hunters to help landowners achieve the type of deer harvest they require to better manage their lands. We encourage hunters to contact these landowners and to help them manage deer populations on their properties."

Landowners can't charge or accept any contribution from a hunter for a DMAP coupon. While hunters may obtain up to two DMAP permits per property, DMAP permits do not impact a hunter's eligibility to apply for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for WMUs.

DMAP permit allotments are not part of the annual general antlerless deer license allocations for WMUs. Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest an antlered deer.

Resident hunters must mail DMAP coupons in a regular envelope, along with a check for $6 made payable to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to the address listed on the coupon to receive their DMAP antlerless deer permit. Nonresidents must include a check for $26. The permit can be used to harvest one antlerless deer on the specific DMAP property. Maps for the properties are to be provided to hunters by the landowners.

For more information on DMAP, visit the Game Commission's website (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on the "DMAP" box in the center of the homepage. Hunters also can check the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' website to see where coupons still are available for various state forests and parks by clicking on: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/dmap/available.aspx.

Created in 1895 as an independent state agency, the Game Commission is responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the Commonwealth, establishing hunting seasons and bag limits, enforcing hunting and trapping laws, and managing habitat on the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The agency also conducts numerous wildlife conservation programs for schools, civic organizations and sportsmen's clubs.

The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars for its annual operating budget. The agency is funded by license sales revenues; the state's share of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which is an excise tax collected through the sale of sporting arms and ammunition; and monies from the sale of oil, gas, coal, timber and minerals derived from State Game Lands.


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Source: PA Game Commission

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